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Hebrews 12 12:14 says, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
I zeroed in on this word “strive” this morning. I and several other ladies I know have been sharing the feelings of anger that are challenging us to respond in christlikeness. Strive reminds me that this does not come naturally to us we have to-

1. try hard: to try hard to achieve or get something

2.oppose: to fight in opposition to something

3.compete: to compete resolutely against somebody or something. Encarta® World English Dictionary.

But remember Psalm 37 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.


We are searching high and low for ways to save money at our house.  Yesterday Brent cancelled some of his life insurance policies after determining that he is well covered through his current employment:  savings $43.00 per month.  I am mailing a letter to cancel my extra policies and the kid’s:  savings $41.67 per month.  I took the cable box to Time Warner and turned it in: savings $50 per month.  We are giving notice to the YMCA:  savings $100 per month.  We are checking into refinancing our home at a lower rate and putting the clothesline back up in the backyard, every bit helps.  Look around, you may find “easy” ways to save too!

I have been home full-time for about ten months now and can see that my interests are branching back out to areas that have long been neglected due to living in survival mode.  I am starting to think about making my family’s nutrition a priority, possibly pulling my sewing machine out and creating something, starting some type of educational pursuit, there are so many options and still so little time.  I did take the plunge recently and signed-up for the ecourse A Peasant’s Feast:  Nourishing Food on a Budget.  I had purchased the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and had been a little overwhelmed by how to implement some of the changes she espoused:  soaking and sprouting grains, grass fed meats, fermentation, raw milk, bone broths, etc… I began to read a blog by Kimmi Harris which I was really enjoying, I love her balanced viewpoint, and when she offered this course I decided to take the plunge.  I have only received one week but it was informative and helpful, a good introduction to eating foods that are a high nourishment factor on a budget and what that budget might look like as well as creative ideas of where to find these  nutrient dense foods at a reasonable price.  Kimmi also addresses how to compromise wisely in our food choices.  I have been convicted of taking the easy road with feeding my family in an area that I truly do feel should be a priority.  One thing I would really love is to bake breads with freshly ground grains, if anyone has a grain mill I could borrow occasionally let me know.  I’m looking forward to the next ecourse lesson tomorrow which is described by Kimmi here: 

In week two we jump straight into the topic of why I am not a vegetarian when beans are so cheap, followed by a shopping guide for beef. You will be given tips on how to stretch beef to feed a crowd, a video demonstration and beef stretching recipes using the techniques discussed.

Outside in Kansas City~We have gotten some rain in the past couple of days, which we needed the yard was hard and cracking and it seems such a waste to keep running the sprinkler. Today is cloudy and it is really humid, the high is supposed to be 82 which is fairly comfortable.

I am thinking~That a Sunday afternoon nap would  feel really good and at least three other family members have already succumbed.

I am thankful for~My husband who works so hard for our family, a great church where we can go hear the truth of God’s Word regularly, the love and generosity of my family and friends.

In my kitchen~We had pasta for lunch and are looking forward to Nicholas and Taylor making us some yummy burgers for dinner.

I am wearing~Peach blouse, black skirt, no shoes….do I ever where shoes when I blog, it doesn’t seem like it.  This is pleasure, not business.

Last creative endeavor~ More gardening!

I am going~To try to soak in the joy of my middle boys being home in the month of July before they both head off in different directions in August.  Taylor to Georgia for school at Mercer University and Nicholas to Wisconsin for his wedding and then to Iowa for his last year at Dordt College.  He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering so keep your ears open for job opportunities.

Can’t wait for~ Hmmm I’m really not trying to hurry anything right now.  I guess after this morning’s challenges in Sunday school I can’t wait until I make more progress in my spiritual growth, ouch. 

Family News~Our oldest son, Jeremy, and his wife, Ginny, are expecting their third child in late December.  We are very excited!

Current Read~Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers, still slogging through Madame Bovary. 

I am hearing~My husband snoring, the hum of the computer, youngest kids activity in the hallway.

I am hoping~For some fun family gametime this evening with the four youngest kids at home. 

Around the house~The laminate flooring did get installed in the hallway, kitchen/dining room, and two entries.  We still have some trim to get put down but nothing major.  Next project will probably be painting the house, after some pretty intense repair and prep work.  I got lots of Sear’s lifetime warranty exterior paint at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for just $10 per gallon. 

Simple pleasure~Three day weekends!

This morning Brent and I, Nicholas, Taylor, Gaubri and Shakur, rose early to attend early service at 8:30 and Sunday school together.  We heard a very thought provoking sermon on what patriotism looks like for a christian.  We got home in time to make some homemade makaruni for lunch.  I used the Lidia’s recipe that Taylor and I had learned when we took a cooking class together but it is really easy. Every time I make homemade pasta I tell myself we should do it more.  The recipe is here and there is even another recipe and a pictorial demonstration at Cooking Light.  I had some red chard from the Door to Door Organics delivery earlier in the week that I needed to use up so I searched for red chard recipes yesterday.  I settled on the Chard-Tomato Peasant Pasta sauce to eat with our Makaruni.  We have also made the wild mushroom sauce that is included with the Lidia’s recipe and it is delicious, even those that did not like mushrooms were loving it.

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